ANNA Member Spotlight

Welcome to ANNA's monthly member spotlight. ANNA is a vibrant organization because of nurses like you! Your diverse experiences and unique perspectives make us a collective whole that is a masterpiece. We are proud of all the work each of you do.

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Gail Starnes, RN-BC

Staff Nurse, Trauma/Transplant Progressive Unit
University of Kentucky Medical Center
Lexington, KY
Bluegrass Chapter #322

How long have you been in nursing?

I started my 43rd year in nursing on August 14. Boy does time fly!

How long have you been in nephrology nursing?

I started working with nephrology patients in 1985. We were a urology/kidney transplant unit. From that time on, I realized just how challenging these patients are.

Why do you love nephrology nursing?

Nephrology nursing can be used for many types of patients. When patients are admitted, their main diagnosis may not be renal related. It may come to surface only after testing. This is what makes them complex.

What is your favorite ANNA member benefit?

I really love ANNA Connected. You can network as often as you want, supporting each other. I have been to many conferences and enjoy meeting those I have connected with. In addition, I enjoy the free CE offerings.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working as a nurse?

I enjoy visiting with family and friends. I enjoy exercising, cooking new recipes, and decorating. I also enjoy watching NCIS episodes on Saturday mornings.

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